The Twelfth Meeting of IAGS, July 8-12 2015, Yerevan, Armenia.

 Comparative Analysis of 20th Century Genocides

The Twelfth Meeting of the International Association of Genocide Scholars

 July 8-12 2015, Yerevan, Armenia

Call for Papers

The International Association of Genocide Scholars (IAGS) will hold its twelfth meeting in Yerevan on 8-12 July 2015, hosted by the Armenian Genocide Museum & Institute ( Director of the AGMI Hayk Demoyan will serve as Local Conference Chair.

The conference theme is “Comparative Analysis of 20th Century Genocides”. 

2015 is an important year for all Armenians worldwide in terms of commemoration of the centennial of the beginning of the Armenian genocide. The Armenian genocide is sometimes considered as the first genocide of the 20th century and in many ways served as a template for subsequent genocidal crimes. 2015 is also is the year of 70th anniversary of the end of WWII and the Holocaust. Therefore, it is a significant time to analyze both crimes and all genocides of the 20th century in global and comparative perspectives.

On April 24th 2015 the Armenian Genocide Museum and Institute will be opened after two years of renovation and new exhibition development. This is the first major re-opening since its inauguration in 1995. The renovated museum’s mission and exhibits will feature all genocides that occurred after the Armenian genocide. New exhibits will enable all visitors to understand the deep roots, causes, dynamics of development and consequences of the genocide, while also offering a platform for dialogue. 

The urgent need for early warning systems to prevent genocide, and efforts to revisit the basic concepts of the United Nations Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide, are matters of pressing concern. Related questions also arise: How were ideologies and religion instrumentalized for mass destruction during the 20th century? What kind of interaction exists between genocidal intent and genocidal processes? Who are the victims, perpetrators, bystanders and witnesses and how do we classify the relevant actors in different cases? How might the comparative study of 20th century genocide help to prevent 21st century genocides and mass atrocities? How might the legal consequences of the pre-1948 UN Convention “crimes against humanity” be settled?

IAGS and Armenian Genocide Museum and Institute welcome the submission of papers and presentations for the 12th IAGS conference to be held in Yerevan from July 8 to 12 with a theme of “Comparative analysis of 20th century genocides.”

Papers on all aspects of genocide and genocidal violence in the 20th century are welcomed, particularly following :

•“Genocide” - new definition of old crime. 

•Conceptual dimensions of UN Convention: new approaches

•Armenian genocide: A template for further genocides

•Genocide of Greeks, Assyrians and Yezids in the Ottoman Empire 

•Comparative Genocide Research: the Holocaust, genocide in Bosnia, Cambodia, Indonesia, Rwanda, Darfur and Latin American genocides. 

•The genocidal process: early warning signs, prediction, and prevention

•The dynamics, causes, and consequences of genocide

•Punishing genocidal crimes: the issue of reparations and limited capacity of international justice 

•Genocide, collective memory, narrative and public commemorations

•Genocide education as a step towards prevention

•Genocide denial

•New directions in comparative genocide research: advances, problems, and possibilities for future research 

We are accepting one abstract per person in order to give everyone a fair chance of presenting. If we receive more than one abstract per person, we will review those abstracts after the due date for proposals if there is room for more presentations. 

Besides panels and papers, the organizers encourage other modes of presentation, including workshops, roundtable discussion, film screenings, book presentations, cultural media, and artistic works/readings. 

The conference will begin with a visit to the newly developed exhibition of Armenian Genocide Museum & Institute. During the conference participants will be able to devote one day to an optional excursion to Gyumri, the city where the world largest orphanages were established by American Near East relief after the Armenian genocide and to visit Memorial to Musa Dagh Resistance in nearby Yerevan. 

Attendance at the conference is open to all interested professionals and students, but presentation at the conference requires one to be a member of IAGS.  For information on membership, please see

The applications for the participation in the meeting will be accepted by the due date, January 23, 2015. The applications should include: email address, title and abstract (250 words maximum in English) and a short 3-4 sentence biographical statement (please no CVs) should be sent to the organizational committee at: [email protected] 

The quality and relevance of the applications will be assessed by the Conference Evaluation Committee. The Organizational Committee will cover the accommodation of selected participants from developing countries, whose institutions cannot pay their travel and other expenses and students and others with special circumstances. Further announcements will give information on how to apply for each of these benefits.

Organizational Committee